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FAQ

What if I cannot make my appointment?
Please notify the physician's office as early as possible if you cannot make your scheduled appointment. Early notification can help us better accommodate you and other patients.

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What should I wear?
Please wear comfortable clothing. Button-down shirts or blouses are best. Wear comfortable shoes. Leave all jewelry at home, including body-piercing jewelry. If you wear contact lenses, you will probably have to remove them for the procedure, so consider bringing your glasses. If you have to wear your contacts, please bring contact solution and contacts case. Please do not wear any make-up as this can hide certain clinical signs. Please remove all body piercings.

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Why must I refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to procedure?
You refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to procedure in order to prevent the risks of aspirating gastric contents during your procedure. We have very clear policies as to specific times before procedure when you must refrain from eating and/or drinking. These are all based on safety standards.

Should I take my usual daily medication?
We generally request that you take your medication before leaving home. Diabetic medications will be individualized. We will usually hold diabetic medicines and manage your sugar at the Center. Please bring all your medications with you.

People using inhalers must bring them to the Center on the day of the procedure.

Some medications may be stopped for the procedure, particularly diabetes medication and blood thinners. You should bring these medications with you the day of surgery. Please call us with any questions you may have.

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May I continue my herbal medications?
Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the procedure. Many of these remedies may effect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. (The list of drugs and their side effects are too great for this site.) We generally request that you stop these medications two weeks before the procedure. Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about medication.

Who may accompany me?
You are welcome to bring one person with you to the Center. That person will not be allowed to be in your room with you before the procedure.

When a patient is a child often two parents and/or guardians will accompany him or her to the Center. We will do our best to accommodate everyone; however, one parent and/or guardian will be permitted into the recovery room at a time.

Please refrain from bringing young children to the Center as guests.

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Will I receive sedation before going into the procedure room?
Typically we do not provide sedation prior to transfer to the procedure room.

Will I be contacted before my procedure?
Yes. The physician's office will contact you to verify appointment and arrival time You can also call the Center directly with any questions.

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Should I bathe and wash my hair before leaving home?
Yes. You can comfortably take a shower, bathe, brush your teeth, etc. We recommend you refrain from applying body lotions as this may hinder our ability to apply cardiac monitors.

What should I do if I am not feeling well?
If you are not feeling well, please contact your physician immediately. During normal business hours, you can call the Center for advice.

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What should I do if I started my menstrual cycle?
This will not affect your procedure.

What should I do if I believe that I am pregnant?
It is very important for us to be aware of this possibility. If there is any doubt please contact us immediately.

May I drive home?
Any patient receiving sedation should not drive until the next day. A patient receiving sedation for a procedure needs a ride home.

All patients are required to have ride home and will be received by a responsible adult when they arrive home. Patients will not be allowed to drive, walk or take public transportation after sedation. Please make the appropriate arrangements.

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What if I have special needs?
We will make every effort to accommodate any special need you may have. We strongly encourage you to call the Center in advance so that we can properly prepare to make you comfortable. Do not hesitate to call and suggest anything that may make your day easier.

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Should I bring my special needs equipment?
Yes. Please bring any walkers, assistive devices, hearing aids, etc.

What must I bring with me on the day of the procedure?

  • Bring case for eyeglasses or contacts 
  • Bring insurance identification cards, driver's license, copayments 
  • Bring a complete medication list
  • Make sure you have a ride home and someone to care for you at home 
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing 
  • Leave all jewelry and valuables at home

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